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EVENTS

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: TANYA HARVEY - The Clackamas County Master Gardener program will host a discussion of native plants on Feb. 8.

First Friday art show

An artist reception for Tacy Jones’ show “The Essence of Natural Stone” is from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Spiral Galley, 341 Broadway St. The show will hang at the galley from Jan. 30 to Feb. 28.

Biggest Loser Contest

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce is participating in the Biggest Loser weight-loss contest. Teams of four will compete to be the community’s Biggest Losers. The challenge starts Feb. 15 and lasts eight weeks. Entry for each team is $100. For more information and to sign up, visit biggestlosercommunity.com.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers’ Association

The Oregon Old Time Fiddlers’ Association invites acoustic instrumentalists of all skill levels to play with them from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Estacada Library.

Garden Club

The Estacada Garden Club invites gardeners of all skills to its monthly meeting from 1-3 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Flora Community Room at the Estacada Library. Enjoy listening to speakers and participating in fun events. For more information, call Norma Piper at 503-310-9064.

Native plant discussion

The Clackamas County Master Gardener chapter will host a discussion on native plants in the garden and the wild led by Linda Hardison of the Oregon flora project. The event will be from 7-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. The program is free and open to the public.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

City Council

City of Estacada holds its regular City Council meeting from 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St. Call 503-630-8270.

School Board

The Estacada School Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at Clackamas River Elementary School, 301 N.E. Second Ave.

COMMUNITY CENTER

The Estacada Community Center is at 200 S.W. Clubhouse Drive. Visit estacadacommunitycenter.org or call 503-630-7454.

Volunteer opportunities

The Estacada Community Center at 200 SW Clubhouse Drive needs volunteers for many different jobs, including Meals on Wheels drivers, kitchen and dining room help, answering phones and yard work. Please call 503-630-7454 for more information

Center rental

The center is available for rental for dinners, receptions and special events. Call 503-630-7454 for more information.

Hearing checks

There will be free hearing checks at the Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Dinner, live music and dancing

An all-ages evening of dinner, live music performed by the Heartland Classic Country Band and dancing will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Estacada Community Center. Dinner is $6, $3 if you come for music and dancing only. 50/50 raffle to benefit Meals on Wheels.

Zumba classes

Zumba classes have been added to the activities at the center. Classes are from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30-10:30 a.m. some Saturday mornings. Call 503-680-4338 for information.

Dance Fitness with Susan

Exercise to music. All fitness levels are welcome. Classes are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Weekday lunches and games

Lunch is served in the Community Center’s dining room at noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Donations are suggested for seniors. Dominoes follow Monday and Thursday lunches. Bingo follows lunch on Tuesday and Friday. Call 503-630-7454 for bus service. 

Wednesday breakfasts

The Community Center offers a $3 breakfast at 9 a.m. Wednesdays with a door-prize drawing. Pinochle and cribbage follow breakfast. Call 503-630-7454 for bus service. 

Free all-ages Tai Chi classes

Free Tai Chi classes for all ages are held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the center.

Seniors exercise class

Exercise classes for seniors are held at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the center. 

Tae Kwon Do classes

Tae Kwon Do classes for ages 8 and up are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays downstairs at the center. Call 503-975-7119 for information and cost.

Weight loss group

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight loss group open to all ages, meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the center.

Library, ping-pong, puzzles and computer solitaire

Drop in to the Community Center anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ESTACADA LIBRARY

The Estacada Public Library is at 825 N.W. Wade St. For more information on library activities, call 503-630-8273.

Adult winter reading

From Jan. 5 to March 15, adults ages 18 and up are eligible for the Estacada library’s winter reading bingo contest. Prizes include gift cards to Powell’s Books and home library prizes. For more information and to get a bingo card, visit the library.

Computer help

Sign up for a half-hour session with the library’s volunteer tutor to get help on just about any computer-use question. This program is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

Wednesday story time

Story time for children and their caretakers is 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in the Flora Room.

CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Clackamas Community College is at 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Visit www.clackamas.edu for more information.

Fruit tree pruning course

This course will feature demonstration and practice of pruning methods for a variety of fruit trees. Participants should bring pruning tools and appropriate outdoor wear. Course will meet at 11:50 a.m. Feb. 6 and 9 at the CCC Home Orchard Society Arboretum. Cost is $10.

Beekeeping course

This workshop will discuss basic bee biology, handling of bees, proper use of equipment, disease control and feeding. It will meet Feb. 6 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Clairmont, room 118. Cost is $50.

Irrigation course

This workshop will focus on water sources, selecting the proper materials and developing strategies to maximize production on small farms. It will meet from 8-10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 and 23 in Clairmont, room 118. Cost is $30.

Stormwater management course

This workshop will focus on design, maintenance and operational considerations for stormwater facilities, including rain gardens and swales, to ensure water quality goals. The course will meet from 8-11:50 a.m. Feb. 18 in Clairmont, room 127. Cost is $40.

SERVICE AND SUPPORT GROUPS

Alcoholics Anonymous

One AA group meets from 6-7 p.m. every Thursday at the Assembly of God Church, 478 N.W. Wade Street. There is another AA group at St. Aloysius Parish at 297 N.W. Broadway. It meets from 7-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

Grief Share

The Grief Share group is there for people who have lost a close friend or loved one, helping to turn mourning into acceptance and to remind them of the joy that remains in life. Confidentiality is required of all who attend. Grief Share meets from 2-4 p.m. Mondays and from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Clackamas Valley Baptist Church, 29275 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.